1st Test: That was the only way I could have got out – Cheteshwar Pujara on his ‘unlucky’ dismissal on Day 3
India batsman termed his dismissal in the first innings of the 1st Test versus England as unlucky and said that it was the only he thought he could have got out.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored 73 runs in the first innings vs England (Courtesy- BCCI)
- Cheteshwar Pujara scored a gritty 73-run knock vs England in the first innings
- Pujara got out after the ball deflected from the shoulder of short leg fielder to landed in the hands of Burns
- There was no technical error: Cheteshwar Pujara
Senior India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has termed his fashion of dismissal on Day 3 of the first Test match against England as unlucky, adding that there was nothing he could do about it as a batsman.
Pujara (73 off 143) was looking all set for a hundred when the tragedy hit the batsman. India’s number three tried pulling a Dom Bess delivery which hit on the shoulder of short leg fielder Ollie Pope before landing into the hands of Rory Burns, standing at short mid-wicket, after the deflection.
In the virtual post-match conference after the end of day’s play, Pujara said that it was the only way he thought he could have got out on Sunday. He added that there was no technical error responsible for his dismissal.
“That is something which I can’t do as a batsman. It was unlucky, I would just say that because that’s the only way I thought I could have got out. I was batting really well, I was playing my shots. The way I was seeing the ball, everything was going perfect but that was the most unfortunate way one can imagine. A bit disappointed but there’s nothing which I can do as a batsman, there was no technical error,” Pujara said.
Pujara was very unlucky. He got out like this after playing so well.
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Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant forged a 119-run partnership with Rishabh Pant to help India recover from a very critical situation. The Gujarat-born cricketer said that he loves batting Rishabh Pant, a batsman who he feels has still “few things to learn”.
“It’s been a crucial partnership for us and I hope this continues. I love batting with him. I’m really happy with the way overall he’s playing. He still has to learn a few more things, he still has to put the team in a commanding position because he is capable of that and he’s missing out on hundreds. I’m sure he will learn from this but it is good that he is in form,” Pujara added.